Just What we Don't Need: More Billboards!! by Hal Birchfield
RE: A NEW COMPANION TO AN ILLEGAL BILLBOARD ON I-95
AN OPEN LETTER TO COMMISSIONER SARNOFF:
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK THAT YOU DO FOR US.
IN THE MAY ISSUE OF THE URBAN FORUM NEWSLETTER FROM THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT LEAGUE, DUSTY MELTON DID A FINE REVIEW ON OUR OUT OF CONTROL BILLBOARD CULTURE, WITH THE NEW EAST OF I-95 BILLBOARD (@ S.W. 1ST STREET & S.W. 2ND AVENUE) AS AN ILLUSTRATION.
ON SUNDAY THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER, I SAW THE NEW COMPANION FOR THE ABOVE MENTIONED BILLBOARD (PHOTO IS ABOVE). HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HAVE THE COMPLETE DOWNTOWN OF OUR CITY COVERED IN THIS TRASH? CAN ALL OF THESE THINGS BE LEGAL?
HERE IS AN IDEA THAT MIGHT HELP- - - WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS INSUFFICIENT FUNDS! WHAT IF, WE ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT ARE ON THE BOOKS AND ISSUE FINES TO THESE BLATANT, IN YOUR FACE ILLEGAL BILLBOARD OWNERS? A NOVEL IDEA – COLLECT MONEY FROM THOSE WHO HAVE NO REGARD FOR BREAKING OUR LAWS!
IT HAS BEEN PROVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THEY WILL PLASTER ANYTHING WITH A BILLBOARD. IN ADDITION, IF THERE IS NOTHING TO PLASTER, THEY WILL ERECT SOMETHING TO PLASTER!
WHY CAN’T WE START CLEANING UP THIS MESS?
I KNOW YOU ARE ADDRESSING MANY, MANY ISSUES THAT BETTERS OUR COMMUNITY. TO BRING UP THIS MATTER DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AM NOT APPRECIATIVE OF ALL YOUR EXCELLENT WORK. HOWEVER, THERE MUST BE SOME WAY TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM.
THANKING YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
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